CYSO's Class of 2021 - Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras

CYSO’s Class of 2021

A warm congratulations to the 107 members of CYSO’s class of 2021! We’re so proud of the dedication shown by this year’s seniors, tackling a strange and stressful season with humor, perseverance, and grit. If their success this year is any indication, we can’t wait to see all that they accomplish next! Read on to learn more about this year’s grads, where they’re going and even a look back at where they’ve been.

2020 Grads Future Plans


Fiona Abney-McPeek | Harvard University — Math/Physics
Jonathan Alday | University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign — Political Science
Shae Atkins | University of California at San Diego — Biochemistry
Eric Bahena Figueroa | Gap Year
Aryan Bahl | University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign — Biochemistry/Music
Zayn Beg | University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign — Biochemistry
JR Benson
Emily Boyas | New York Institute Of Technology — Biomedical Engineering
Eldon Bradfield | Royal Conservatoire of Scotland — Violin Performance
John Brow | University of Southern California — Psychology
Sam Calhoon | University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign — Music
Barry Carta | University of Utah — Entrepreneurship
Celia Chambers | University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign — Music
Justin Chang Stauffer
Dov Chen
| Vanderbilt University — Economics
Brandon Cheng | Princeton University — Operations Research/Financial Engineering
Brandon Chlebicki | DePaul University — Jazz Studies/Music Education
Christian Choi | Yale University — Economics
Nando Cordeiro | DePaul University — Music Composition
Sarah Craft
Gabriella Di Domenico
| University of Michigan — Business/Asian Languages and Cultures
Shreya Dudeja | Georgetown University — Global Health (Pre-Med)
Claudia Easterwood | University of North Texas — Jazz Studies
Dane Engman | Carnegie Mellon — Electrical/Computer Engineering
Isabel Evans
Melissa Everson
| San Francisco Conservatory of Music — Clarinet Performance
Geoffrey Feinstein
Kavishka Fernando
Bill Foye
| The Juilliard School — Clarinet Performance
Riichiro Fujiki | DePaul University — Jazz Studies
Dilan Garg | University of Wisconsin Madison — Computer Science
Owen Ginnett | Ball State University — Music Media Production/Music Performance
Julia Gugulski | Brown University — Mathematics/Classics
Simon Han | University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign — Econometrics/Quantitative Economics
Stephen Harper | Vanderbilt University — Jazz studies/Psychology
Grant Heinberg | Bradley University — Mechanical Engineering/Music
Wesley Hennessey | SIU or Western Michigan — Aviation Flight Science
Evelyn Henriquez | North Park University — Music Education
Avery Hoerman | Indiana University — Trumpet Performance
Suminne Hong | Northwestern University — Violin Performance
Carnig Hsia
Emily Kaspari
| University of South Florida — Animal Biology
Bryce Kayser | University of Colorado Boulder — Viola performance/Music Education
Rachel Kim | Emory University — Human Health
Arushi Krishnan | Pennsylvania State University — Psychology
Pratisha Krishnan
Nicole Kwasny
| DePaul University — Violin Performance
Kimberly LaFranzo | University of Michigan — Viola Performance
Max Lanham | University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign — Environmental Science
Katie Lee
Sunny Lee
| Macalester College — Biology
Asya Lengel | University of Iowa — Chemistry
Jane Lin | University of California, Berkeley — Molecular & Cell Biology
Eugene Lodkin | Loyola University — Music/Engineering
Sean Lu | University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign — Undecided
Nandini Maiti | United States Military Academy – West Point — Undecided
Ariana Mascari | Manhattan School of Music — Viola Performance
Joshua Mhoon | The Juilliard School — Music
Sean Millman | Arizona State University — Computer Science
Olivia Molina | Oberlin College — Violin Performance/Computer Science
Ethan Montgomery | United States Marine Corps — Music
Csilla Moran | University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign — Global Studies
AJ Morrissey | New York University — Music Performance
Taytum Newell | Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology — Mechanical Engineering
Jonathan Ngoy | Vanderbilt University — Civil Engineering
Enzo Nigro | Oberlin College — Music Performance
Rafael Noriega | Cleveland Institute of Music — Bass Trombone Performance
Ania Ocasio | Oberlin College — Undecided
Daniel Oczko | University of Miami — Tuba Performance
Tessa Olson | University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign — Dance/Music
Avery Osborne | The Juilliard School — Music Performance
Jackson Pekny | College of Dupage — Music
Xavier Perry | Drake University — Music Performance
Phil Pistone | Northern Illinois University — Music Education/Jazz Studies
Mukund Rajesh | Texas A&M — Engineering
Eytan Raviv | Northwestern University — Cello Performance/Economics
Serena Reyes | Gap Year
Dylan Rhodes | New York University — Instrumental Performance/Biology (Pre-Med)
Yildis Rihter
Eron Ristich

Nina Scheyer | Colby College — Psychology
Emma Scofield | DePaul University — Cello Performance
Nathaniel Scott | DePaul University — Music Education
Meher Sethi | Yale University — Ethics, Politics, & Economics
Devin Shaw | University of Miami — Jazz Studies/Music Business
Daniel Shin | United States Naval Academy — Computer Science
Pearl Shing-Roth | Stanford University — Undeclared
Derek Song | Yale University — Economics, History of Science and Medicine
Jonah Stemen | McGill University — Horn Performance, Urban Studies
Enya Sun
Paari Thanikachalam
| University of California, Berkeley — Industrial Engineering/Operations Research & Business Administration
Jack Thompson | Indiana University — Oboe Performance/Jazz Studies
Maja Todorovic | Ohio Wesleyan University — Music Composition/Theater
Faizi Tofighi | University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign — Mathematics/Computer Science
Nina Touboul | Cleveland Institute of Music — Music Performance
Dhruv Vaze | Stanford University — Bioengineering
Liam Weber | Northern Illinois University — Music Performance
Jesse Wei | University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign — Engineering
Emma Westerfield | Indiana University — Flute Performance
Iris Xie | Amherst College — Psychology
Eva Yang | Northwestern University — Economics/Statistics
Sarena Yang | University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign — Computer Science
Castin York | DePaul University — Music Performance
Althena Yu | Saint Louis University — Biology
Elizabeth Yu | University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign — Biochemistry
Rowan Zdziarski – West | Bristol University — Neuroscience
Ben Zierdt | University of Utah

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